FREE Teacher Resource Friday: Pumpkin Science Unit

Both our sons love science. I swear our oldest has the documentary Planet Earth memorized. They have been putting up with my FREE Teacher Resource projects that have been a heavy load of literacy and handwriting skill building. So when I told them this week we were going to focus on science, they were all smiles.

This week’s FREE Teacher Resource unit is Pumpkins.

Reading Comprehension/Intro to Sequencing (Math)

First, I read the second page of the Illinois Ag in the Classroom Ag Mag: Pumpkins. On this page, the children learn the life cycle of a pumpkin. 2 Teaching Mommies also has a great list of pumpkin books. After we read the section on the AgMag, I had the boys tell me three  of  six life cycles.

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Next, we colored a Pumpkin Life Cycle Sequencing printable from A to Z Teacher Stuff. As the boys were coloring, we discussed the colors of each stage. Finally, the boys used child scissors to cut out the cards (find motor development).

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Jonnie colors the cycles of the pumpkin plant

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Hannah even got into the action using crayons

Science/Estimation (Math)

Erik was itching to do some science at this point. Using a pumpkin we observed the outside of the pumpkin with magnifying glasses.  I had the boys divide a large piece of paper in half. On one side I wrote ” outside” and the boys drew what they observed.

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The boys LOVE magnifying glasses

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Jonnie is drawing his observations

Next, we cut open the pumpkin and talked about what we observed. On the second side of the sheet we drew what we observed.

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Hannah loved the sensory learning of touching the pumpkin seeds and flesh 

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Erik was very proud of his observation drawings


After all this hard science work it was time for a healthy snack.

I then took all the seeds out the pumpkin and washed them. Erik used a hair drier to get them dried fast.


You can find all sorts of recipes online for roasting pumpkin seeds. I just added a small amount of melted butter, a pinch of salt and some Cajun seasoning. I roasted them at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

The boys tried the pumpkins. I got mixed results: Erik liked them, Jonnie didn’t.


I also baked the pumpkin. Even though this is not “pie” pumpkin, it had good taste.


Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 45-90 minutes (depends on pumpkin size)

I have been mixing the baked pumpkin with yogurt and granola for the healthy breakfast.  Yum Yum

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